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In June, I was hoping that I would be able to sit down at the dinner table on Thanksgiving and say to my loved ones, “You know what I’m thankful for? Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker finally steering the Phoenix Suns in the right direction.” But with Thanksgiving just a couple days away and the Suns maintaining an abysmal 3-13 record, I don’t think that’ll be the case.

Yet although the Suns have the worst record in the Western Conference and the third-worst record in the league, I still find myself optimistic about the Suns and their future. Many fans are panicking, and some may even want to “blow up the team,” as the Washington Wizards management decided earlier this week. I’m here to argue that there is no reason to panic; in fact, I might go so far as to say I feel good about where the Suns are sitting right now.

First, we have to examine past teams with the first overall pick. grade 6 electricity Since 2010, the teams with the #1 pick in the draft (excluding the 2014 Cavaliers, who traded Andrew Wiggins & Co. for LeBron James, Kevin Love, & Co.), averaged just 5.7 wins in their first 16 games. gas guzzler tax The Suns, with three wins, may have the least wins in this timeframe of all these teams, but they’re still just two and a half games behind the average. Personally, I don’t consider this a night-and-day difference. Additionally, all of these teams (besides the 2010-2011 Washington Wizards) proceeded to improve their record over the previous season. Sure, they’re on pace for 15-67, but it’s early, and they’re still growing.

Now let’s look at Ayton. gas laws definition chemistry Again, I know it’s (way too) early, but the Bahamian beast out of Arizona looks like the first overall pick the Suns hoped he would be. Compared to the average rookie stats of some of the other best centers in the league — Cousins, Jokic, Embiid, Anthony-Towns, and Davis — Ayton ranks higher in PPG, RPG, and APG. gas in oil pressure washer He does trail in BPG, but that’s a coachable skill that can develop over time. Contrarily, I will admit that Joel Embiid gave Ayton trouble on Monday, scoring 33 points with 17 rebounds in the game; yet Ayton wasn’t too shabby either, dropping 17 and 9 on the All-Defensive Second Teamer. Again, I know it’s early, but I can’t help thinking Ayton is the truth.

And then there’s that guy Booker. Devin Booker gets a lot of flak because the Suns stink and have stunk for a few years now, but the fact is, the guy is doing all he can to help the team win. Some critics give him the “Kobe” label, claiming he’s a pure scorer and doesn’t pass. wb state electricity board bill pay That may have been true in his rookie season, but it’s certainly not the case anymore. At just 22 years old, Devin Booker ranks above the average PPG and APG (and just 0.7 rebounds below average RPG) among the eight best shooting guards in the league. In fact, aside from Jrue Holiday (whom I consider more of a point guard anyway), Booker has the most assists per game among all shooting guards in the league. gaz 67b tamiya 1 35 Since his rookie season, his assists have increased by 72 percent and his assists have increased by 182 percent (!!!). Say what you want about Booker, but no one can claim that he isn’t progressing as both a scorer and playmaker.

Booker and Ayton get most of the media attention, but there’s one player who also stands out as a promising piece to the puzzle — and no, it’s not Josh Jackson. It’s 2014 lottery pick TJ Warren, the small forward out of NC State. Warren was the 14th pick in the draft, so no one was super stoked about him after draft day; it was different than Jackson or Ayton who were both top 5 picks. And in his rookie season, Warren met the subpar expectations with even worse stats: 6.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 0.6 APG aren’t exactly stats you want to see out of a lottery pick… The next year, he tacked on an additional 5 PPG and 1 RPG, but those still aren’t numbers to get excited about. But this year? I don’t know what happened to that man this offseason, but he transcended. The originally anticipated bust has blown up for 19.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 1.3 APG. Heck, he’s even nabbing a steal every game! He’s worked hard every offseason and has proven to be a valuable asset to this young Suns team. electricity tower vector Sure, he’s no superstar, but he’s an athletic, defensive wing that adds flare to an otherwise lackluster team.